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CIBJO Releases Coral Guide

Oct 8, 2015 11:37 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation based in Bern, Switzerland, this week introduced an online guide aimed at ensuring the coral industry follows ethical business practices and strives toward transparency.

Compiled by the CIBJO Coral Commission, the Blue Book states acceptable trade practices and nomenclature. It provides a classification of non-treated and treated corals and artificial products that imitate or include coral elements.

Coral “is not widely understood” and the guide looks to create a “common sets of standards, practices and nomenclature, similar to those which have been created by CIBJO for other sectors,” Enzo Liverino, president of the trade group's commission, said in a press statement.

The book provides a list of normative terms that should be used to describe coral and how it is treated; a guide to terms for associated artificial products; a list of methods of maintaining coral quality; and a guide to precious coral species.

It also sets out national and regional sustainability regulations and refers to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which came into force in 1975.

The coral industry operates in a “very fragile eco-environment, where proper standards and methods of operation are absolutely essential,” CIBJO president Gaetano Cavalieri said in the statement.
Tags: Blue Book, CIBJO, coral, Rapaport News, World Jewellery Confederation
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